It began with two visitors from Britain

Two visitors to Edmonds in 1993 planted the seed that was to become Edmonds in Bloom.  Jenny Crosland and her husband, Denys Hodder, were strolling through the streets of Edmonds when they came upon an art gallery.

In the window was a display with a floral print entitled “Edmonds in Bloom”  They wondered if the city had a “Bloom” program and went off to find out.  These were no ordinary visitors.   Jenny and Denys had been involved in “Bloom” programs in Britain for years.  In fact, Jenny began the London in Bloom program in the 1960’s and had served as an international judge for Bloom competitions throughout Europe.  In addition to promoting tourism, these competitions used beautification as a way to showcase neighborhood pride.

The art print they saw in the gallery window was the result of a local summer art competition begun to capture and promote the beauty of Edmonds through the eyes of artists.

Jenny and Denys explored Edmonds and thought it to be the perfect setting for the European version of a residents’ Bloom competition.   They spoke with the Edmonds Visitors Bureau Director, Carolyn Johnson, who found the idea intriguing.  She referred them to local business woman, Josephine (Fye) Lloyd who, as a Brit, was quite familiar with Britain in Bloom, the floral competition in her native country.

Edmonds in Bloom was born

So, in 1995 the idea of Edmonds in Bloom came to fruition.  Under the leadership of local businesswoman, Josephine (Fye) Lloyd, Parks Director Arvilla Ohlde and Carolyn Johnson, the program began.

The first event was a Patrons Garden Party September 17, 1995 at the Dominican Reflection Center. It was a fundraiser for the Garden Competition held in 1996. The competition has been a yearly tradition since then.

After a very successful competition, the idea for a garden tour began.  In 1997 the first Garden Tour featured six gardens.  The Garden Tour has become another yearly event.

The Spring Festival in the early 2000’s evolved into the very popular Kids Plant for Mom’s Day, which was formally offered in 2008.  It is the day before Mother’s Day and kids plant containers for their mothers at the Edmonds Museum Garden Market.

A board of about 7-9 people and three committees plan and execute the three main events, Kids Plant for Mom’s Day, the Garden Competition and the Garden Tour. But, hundreds of volunteers make the events successful. Money from the tour, other events and donors help fund the projects Edmonds in Bloom has supported.

Our mission is to promote the floral beautification of the community by uniting the residents, organizations and businesses of Edmonds, support horticultural education and create a better place to live, work and visit.

In the past two years, special recognition has been given to the City of Edmonds’ horticulturists for their part in designing and planting the baskets and corners.  Edmonds in Bloom also honored the Edmonds Floretum Garden Club for their development of the Community Garden on 231st & 84th .  In 2012, a Girl Scout group was honored for their beautification of the corner of 76th and Olympic View Drive in Perrinville.   In 2013, the PCC grocery store at 100th and Edmonds Way was honored for their environmental landscaping and in 2014, the Port of Edmonds was recognized for its continuing contribution to the beautification of Edmonds.

As a 501 (c)(3) organization, Edmonds in Bloom will continue its mission of helping to make Edmonds the beautiful place it is today.

Compiled and updated  from contributions received from Donald Hall, Barbara Chase, Joyce Johnson and Maxine Mitchell.

Past Presidents of Edmonds in Bloom:

  • 1995-96 Josephine Fye
  • 1996-97 Josephine Fye
  • 1997-98 Josephine Fye
  • 1998-99 Ruth Clark
  • 1999-00 Ruth Clark
  • 2000-01 Bill Taylor
  • 2001-02 Ramona Faires
  • 2002-03 Ramona Faires
  • 2003-04 Stephanie Van Winkle
  • 2004-05 Penny Wight
  • 2005-06 Stephen Clifton
  • 2006-07 Barry Tharp
  • 2007-08 Barbara Norgaard-Reid
  • 2008-09 Barbara Norgaard-Reid
  • 2009-10 Sue Austneberg
  • 2010-11  Joyce Johnson (interim
  • 2011-12  Larry Temple
  • 2012-13 Larry Temple
  • 2013-14 Maxine Mitchell
  • 2014-15  Maxine Mitchell
  • 2015-16 Kathy Ludgate
  • 2016-17 Kathy Ludgate